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ISSUE 360 ISSUE 360 (Vol. XXX, No. 12) ❙ March 2020

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FEATURES

18 SECRETS OF THE BLACK ISLE

Tracing Tarradale through 10,000 years Excavations on a Highland peninsula have uncovered finds spanning millennia, from middens and a possible structure built by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to the second-largest Pictish barrow cemetery known in Scotland. 28 BAMBURGH’S BOWL HOLE BURIALS

Life and death in Northumbria’s Golden Age Analysis of Anglo-Saxon skeletons buried on the beach below Bamburgh Castle has uncovered a story of far-ranging migration and a surprisingly diverse community that thrived 1,400 years ago. 36 A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Studying the Deskford carnyx A fragmentary bronze horn terminating in a boar’s head has been adopted as a symbol of Scotland’s prehistoric past – but what can we learn of its purpose? We explore depictions of this enigmatic instrument in the Iron Age and Roman worlds, and recent studies that have set out to understand and reconstruct it. 44 GIDDY UP!

Horses return to Colchester’s Roman circus Recent experimental archaeology at Britain’s only known Roman chariot racetrack is helping to shed light on the horses that competed at Colchester’s circus.

50 LANDSCAPES OF LORDSHIP

Searching for Laughton’s Anglo-Saxon elite The hunt for an Anglo-Saxon hall belonging to Earl Edwin, brother-in-law to Harold Godwinson and an important member of the 11th-century aristocracy, has revealed interesting insights into how pre-Conquest power centres shaped the construction of Norman castles.

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